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Novel Coronavirus

The novel coronavirus triggers COVID-19 a potentially deadly pulmonary disease with little epidemiological evidence for the wide range of clinical outcomes. Medical professionals hypothesize that underlying conditions are major risk factors for the mortality of the disease in the absence of substantial data.

One of those underlying conditions is lung damage. It is known that vaping can damage the lungs to varying degrees. With a global pulmonary pandemic, there is good reason to want your lungs to be as healthy as possible. To do this it makes sense to reduce or eliminate the activities that harm the lungs. Harm to the lungs can not only affect the susceptibility to the novel coronavirus, but also the severity of COVID-19. Now is a good time to re-evaluate your smoking and vaping habits.

Apr 29, 2020 | Vaping Fact Checker

Potentially Dire Consequences for Public Health

Mistrust in ENDS companies may result in dire consequences for public health. In fact, Public Health England (PHE) is now echoing a concern raised by the U.S. FDA – namely the potential increase of combustible nicotine product usage, due to the current perceptions of ENDS companies and brands. 

In March 2020, PHE Director of Health Improvement, John Newton, stated, “…Safety fears may well be deterring many smokers from switching, leaving them on a path to years of ill health and an early death due to their smoking…” This same shift in public perception is occurring in the U.S. 

The latest data from the Tobacco Products and Risk Perceptions Survey (TPRPS) showed that adults who perceived e-cigarettes as less harmful than traditional cigarettes declined from 39.4% in 2012 to 33.9% in 2017. During the same period, adults who perceived e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes as equally harmful more than tripled, rising from 11.5% to 36.4%.

Mar 4, 2020 | Vaping Fact Checker

Myth Busting

A flawed study by Public Health England (PHE) is being used by ENDS stakeholders to advance the notion that ENDS, without exclusion, are 95% safer than combustible products. The problem? It’s simply not true. So, what exactly is wrong with this study and why can’t this “95% safer than combustion” claim be taken seriously?

We think the three below points explain exactly why this study deserves to be busted…

  1. PHE admitted that they lacked hard evidence supporting the very conclusions of their controversial study.
  2. The study was commissioned by assembling a 12-person panel utilizing the multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA). The MCDA results rely on outcomes that are driven by the member’s views rather than any scientific data.
  3. One of the authors and one of the study’s sponsors have financial ties to Phillip Morris International. In addition to the original report’s disclosures that listed the potential conflicts of interest, the study’s 12-member committee also had a member with ties to an ENDS manufacturer associated with British American Tobacco and an ENDS distributor.

Feb 17, 2020 | Vaping Fact Checker

Additives

The CDC amended its recommendation to avoid THC containing vaping products, and for all youths and women who are pregnant, to abstain from all vaping and e-cigarette products. This change walks back precautionary recommendations after the latest outbreak of E-cigarette, or Vaping, product use Associated Lung Injury (EVALI). Previously the CDC recommended avoiding e-cigarettes altogether.

During the outbreak, we’ve seen vape companies make products without adequate testing. Many EVALI patients used products thinned with vitamin E acetate. Additives like vitamin E acetate are associated with patients suffering from EVALI and need to be avoided. However, vitamin E acetate wasn’t confirmed in every EVALI case suggesting there are other vaping related deleterious characteristics or compounds that result in EVALI.

We need test results from the “vapor”/aerosol delivered to the body readily available for consumers. Only a fully informed consumer can be empowered to evaluate their nicotine use and make such consequential adult decisions. The FDA needs to increase transparency to the consumer with a standardized product fact sheet and applicable warnings.

Jan 17, 2020 | Vaping Fact Checker

Flavor Ban

So what happened? In 30 days, flavored e-liquid cartridges except tobacco and menthol flavors can no longer be sold without risk of FDA action. Also, FDA enforcement will prioritize companies that fail to limit access or promote products to minors.

The aim of this FDA enforced ban seems to be Juul and like companies who have been selling flavored cartridges. The explosion of pod use in high schools across the U.S. has caused an increase in tobacco use amongst minors.

This ban attempts to curb product access for youth but fails to focus the public and regulators on the harm of these devices. When heat changes the chemical composition of an e-liquid and delivers it to a consumer, the specific combination of device, e-liquid, and usage pattern determines harmful byproduct production. The availability of open tank systems permits an unreasonably wide and dangerous range of byproduct outcomes. Moving forward, we need to know what consumers inhale, and the best way to do that still is with closed systems.

Jan 2, 2020 | Vaping Fact Checker

It’s the heat, stupid

Heat creates harmful irritants and carcinogens from tobacco products.

Yes, burning is hot, but so are the vape devices in use today. Big vape implemented calculated misinformation campaigns alongside clever product development to brew up an imminent danger to public health. Specifically, they focus on emulating the experience of combustible products in their reduced risk product portfolio, rather than prioritizing safety. Their focus hasn’t budged despite the mounting evidence that heat-based tobacco and nicotine products still produce unsafe levels of toxins and carcinogens.

That’s where VFC comes in. This site informs readers about the current state of the vaping industry and the dangers of tobacco consumption. Vaping has a lot of bad players and a lot of problems to be solved, but with transparency, tobacco and cannabinoid consumers will be able to make informed decisions. It’s about time we clear the air.

Jan 1, 2020 | Vaping Fact Checker

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